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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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WTF?

Bandwidth caps?

How does streaming a 4K fillum not affect your download cap? Surely the bytes still have to get to the telly ? Why would storing the bytes before watching use more of your download cap than streaming the bytes?

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BBM beta comes to Windows Phone

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Windows

no apps

Imagine if all the parking meter attendants, petty beaurocrats, cold call salesmen, gatso camera operators, and all the other people who have blighted your existance for years got together and launched a mobile phone.

They may also think that the lack of apps is what is deterring you from giving them your money.

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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Re: So right about the record player.

Oooooh, I shall. Thank you.

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Re: So right about the record player.

I bought an N95 and much later an HTC One X precisely because the map data was built in and didn't need a data connection.

The N95 needed a software patch and this removed the map data.

The HTC One X had a patch pushed to it which removed the map data (or removed the app, can't remember).

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Re: Admit it - You think it would be useful

Cyclists wearing Google Glass? Jeepers, aren't they satisfied with never looking behind them, they want to never bother to look what is in front of them?

They should lump bicycles in with mopeds, get some mirrors, indicators, number plates and protective clothing on them and have the bastards learn the traffic laws.

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The truth on the Navy carrier debacle? Industry got away with murder

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Perhaps the Harrier would be easier to fly if it had been developed over the decades?

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That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: What's to look forward to?

I quite liked the way you could load stuff into high memory.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Official List of NSA Surveillance Targets:

Everyone, Everywhere, All the time.

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What's it like using the LG G smartwatch and Android Wear? Let us tell YOU

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Pfft

Phone case, £5

Epoxy resin £4

Glue case to sleeve/arm

Job done.

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Blame WWI, not Bin Laden, for NSA's post-9/11 intel suck

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Re: There's a big difference though

Methinks it was more on the lines of 'the government spies upon as many people as possible at any given moment', it is now possible to spy on almost everyone, hence almost everyone is spied upon.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Great!

How on earth do drivers cause cyclists problems? The drivers in front of the cyclist are all receding into the distance, whilst the drivers behind the cyclist do not exist because cyclists have no mirrors and never take rear observation.

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Re: I already posted about my skepticism in yesterday's Google-mobile thread...

They will be unnecessary in the UK then, as the proliferation of CCTV cameras has already eliminated Psychopaths, dickheads and mad cyclists.

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Coat

Re: Are they hackable?

The car's black box will show that it suffered a sensor error and had to stop for safety's sake. Mine's the one on the LIDAR mast.

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Rap chap tapped for $3 BEELLION: Apple buys Dr Dre's Beats

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Re: Pffft! Idiots!

The same way streaming fits millions of tracks into a 500MB data allowance.

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Pffft! Idiots!

I am working on an awesome new technology which will make streaming obsolete, it involves using some of the gigabytes of storage usually used for selfies and tracking cookies to instead store digitised music.

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Watch: Kids slam Apple as 'BORING, the whole thing is BORING'

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Re: Actually, I rather liked these kids

Hehehe, this hit a nerve with me. I have been using Win8.1 today and when I wanted to turn the thing off, I ended up ( after flailing around the desktop and swiping the corners of the screen etc ) opening a CLI box and eventually finding 'shutdown/s'.

Pro Tip: if you want to reboot, use shutdown/r

Tomorrow I might try and find a text editor.

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California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Re: The logical next step

Modern cars are already full of computers and, although they do not get tired/distracted or upset, they manage to malfunction enough to make the car beyond economic repair.

Traffic jams and fuel usage _could_ be reduced by removing traffic lights, but corruption and bribery will keep them in place.

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Re: Good

Highway patrol will love the new roadside tax opportunities offered by self-driving cars. New laws will spring up to catch out the JohnnyCabs and you will get fined for breaking the laws until it is time for you to pay for firmware updates to prevent them being broken.

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WTF is NET NEUTRALITY, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Hmmmm...

If there is difficulty in streaming video across the intarwebs, then perhaps it is time to design some kind of storage which can be filled slowly with video but then played back at full speed when all the video frames are in it.

I am thinking of a slowed-down vhs cassette recorder, but there may be an even better way of doing it.

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Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

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Re: What do you want for free?

Meh, they can block me if they want. Let them find out how much their content is actually worth.

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Misleading headline

Innocents' data is not retained. Any evidence which would show a defendant's innocence will be deleted/shredded/altered/mislaid.

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

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Surely, 'half as well as your phone'?

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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As usual, things get crappier over time.

Earlier (running OS/2 on 200MHz cpus) ATMs had the computer inside the safe, next to the money.

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WHOA: Get a load of Asteroid DX110 JUST MISSING planet EARTH

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Mealtimes

How can you have your main meal in the middle of the day?

You have to clock out, leave the premises, queue up at the sarnie shop, eat your sarnie, get back to work and clock back in again within 45 minutes. The main meal is when you get home after work, at tea time, approximately six PM.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Battery

The phone manufacturers choose to use the lowest-capacity battery they can get away with. They could put a battery in with four times the mass and four times the volume by simply making the phones a bit thicker. There is plenty of scope for making phones heavier, my keys weigh more than my phone.

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We nearly MISSED OUT on iOS7 redesign: But someone snatched Jony Ive from the jaws of quit

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Hot Piss!

You chaps actually use 'Reliant Robin'! Most people mistakenly say 'Robin Reliant'.

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HTC looks to cheaper phones as revenues wane

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Re: @ Zack

Thanks, Nathan, but I did leave it rebooting overnight to make the battery flat and then later in the week rebooting on charge overnight to give it full volts. Neither broke the cycle. Nor did presence/absence of sim card etc. Prising it open was the last resort and I did look at a how-to for that, but still broke the bloody thing.

:-)

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Zack Mollusc

I did know that there is a hard physical reset key combination on those phones, unfortunately it was unable to break the infinite boot cycle. There is also an emergency boot menu thing which was also unable to break the infinite boot cycle.

That is the problem with infinite boot cycles, you don't get to do much as it keeps booting every few seconds.

When the phone was 'working', I tried many times to choose a USB connection method which would let me mount the phone as a hard disk. Not possible.

Please give me more fruits of your immense wisdom and insight. I fully expect the following suggestions from you:

'Did you try waiting for it to finish booting?'

'Did you take it to the Apple Geniuses?'

'Did you pull the SD card out?'

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Zack Mollusc

My HTC one X recently went into an infinite reboot loop. How I laughed when I realised that there was no way of pulling the battery. How I chortled as the screen shattered while I tried to prise the case apart. How I guffawed about the lack of sd card. How I sniggered about HTCs choice of mounting the phone, not as usb storage so that I could copy files from it, but using some Microsoft protocol which made it appear as a media player or camera for twenty seconds before reconnecting (this was before the reboot fiasco, when the phone was 'working' as intended).

They can't move downmarket fast enough for me.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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Re: erm

The 90's can drop dead, I have been making the crApple pun since the 80's.

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Re: This is old news...

Can I be first in the queue to buy it on ebay for a ridiculous mark-up?

Failing that, can I be first in the queue to slag off the idiots who buy them on ebay for a ridiculous mark-up?

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The iPhone 6 is yet another style-over-function exercise from crApple. Android will wipe the floor with it, technically, while kool-aid sipping fanbois will flock to it and send Apple's stock ever higher. Er.. something about needing to upgrade itunes..... er.....

Anyway, you get the idea. Everbody pile into the comments and get this flamewar over with, then when iPhone 6 is finally announced we can just link back to this article and save ourselves some time.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: I'll be reporting myself to HR in a few seconds

Surely 'Apparatchick'? Because she is female and attractive? Geddit?

Ok, I am going....

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Yahoo!, Summly to publish News Digest: An app for Generation-TL;DR

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Hmmmm...

My problem with news stories is not that they are too long to read, but that they have too little information and too much waffle.

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Amazon, Hollywood, Samsung: PLEASE get excited about 4K telly

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Re: 4K Streaming?

I hope you have 30-40 mb/s, unlimited bandwidth, and a BIG TV

No ( Virgin Media ), no ( Virgin Media again ), and no ( 28" CRT and it still shows the artifacts from the over-compressed crappy SD (!) video sent by Virgin Media )

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I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Only 30 years too late..

Unlucky! I fled from the blithering of idiot DJs in the early eighties and listened to music from a 'cassette' ( a kind of prehistoric iPod ). Since then, the technology has improved steadily and although this streaming-from-the-cloud idea seems pretty cool, I would need some financial incentive to switch to a system which had less of the music I like than my current multiGb SSD setup.

I reckon if they dropped the subscription price by £35 a month, I might give it a go. The extra couple of quid a week in my pocket would be nice.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: The sheeple are so gullible

Not surprising. The government agency has the motivation of striving to install a police state while Microsoft has no motivation to fix something they have already been paid for.

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

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Re: HTC - Hardware Technology Challenging

Heh, I am actively resisting the update on my HTC One X.

I got a Samsung Galaxy III, but it didn't work with my car's bluetooth handsfree (which had worked with the previous 6 phones), so I changed it for the One X, which also didn't work with the handsfree. A couple of months later, the One X got an OTA update and now half works ( You have to switch it on, wait to pair, switch it off, switch it on again and it pairs on the second try ) with the handsfree.

I daren't let it update again as it might stop working again.

Serves me right for paying good money for non-Free technology.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

Zack Mollusc

There's many people who won't buy a Windows phone because they think it means it comes from the same pillocks who brought out the various other Windows operating systems which have been annoying them for the last 17 years.

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Apple Schill-er: 'I was shocked - SHOCKED! They went and copied the iPhone'

Zack Mollusc

move on

Bah! We should abandon these tired old arguments, given Apple's stupendous levels of innovation, in a couple of months there will be a totally new design of iPhone which will blow all current handsets out of the water. Everyone will gasp in awe at the truly original design and welcome the startlingly capable new UI paradigm which allows whole new vistas of opportunity.

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LG: You can stop hiding from your scary SPY TELLY quite soon now

Zack Mollusc

The patch will encrypt the information. And send it to a frequently changed address.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

Zack Mollusc

No SD card and fixed battery? Well, my HTC one X is the same and it has only been problematic a few times, so I would buy another sealed-case device if it was the only one with some cool features or was really cheap.

Built by LG? No sale! Run away! I paid money for an LG Renoir and will not be risking that kind of error again.

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Norks EXECUTE 80 for watching DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

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Bizarre!

You would think that Kim would broadcast Western reality TV to show how lucky the NORKS are to live where they do...

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

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Re: ***I Know It's Long But Just Give It A Read

I can see what you are driving at, bit what angers me is the way that things are _intentionally_ crippled. The developers don't have infinite resources, yet they choose to allocate time and money to screwing things up (usb stands for UNIVERSAL serial bus) rather than debugging known problems.

Whatever, I will be buying a PS4. Well, I shall if Sony start accepting the new proprietary payment system I have developed and its restrictive EULA which I drew up.

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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Serves him/them right!

I have no sympathy at all, they should not have been sharing. They should have been selling. If they had sold the files, they could have made themselves into billionaires and then they would have been able to buy a 'not guilty' verdict and everyone would say how cool and awesome they were. This is capitalism 101, guys.

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Do not adjust your set: TV market slows, 'connected TV' grows

Zack Mollusc
WTF?

upgrade schmupgrade

My 'big telly' is a 28"CRT. Why don't I upgrade? Because the tv shows are so compressed that they are full of artifacts ( although, spookily, the adverts are not ). Why don't I buy a different cable service or leap sideways to satellite? Because the channels would still be full of dross.

Come to think of it, why isn't Virgin Media buying me a big new telly? I don't have to pay for billboards to advertise to me, why should I subsidise Virgin Media's advertisers by paying for their display device?

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

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Blimey, lots of political comments here. Now I realise that I am a political ignoramus because all i am commenting about is that I read "busty schedule" in the article.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: This is such a dumb ass method

Bad luck when the friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend of your friend that you happily shared your Nicki Minaj video with puts it on Pirate Bay and they drag your ass to jail because the watermark identifies you as the guilty party.

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THIEVES!!

OMG! I am sickened by the blatant stealing going on in this comments section. The Anonymous Cowards may like to hide behind weasel words and call it 'Quoting an earlier post', but it is THEFT, plain and simple.

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Wikipedia Foundation exec: Yes, we've been wasting your money

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Yay!

In these days of recession and bankruptcy, it is nice to see an organisation actually expanding into a proper business, with corruption, self-interest and now the token empty promises of jam tomorrow.

Well done, Wikipedia. You have come a long way.

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